See Your Podiatrist When Your Feet Are Cold

Chilly feet can be uncomfortable this time of year. For most people, it’s related to the change of seasons, and it’s not much of a problem. Some warm wool socks and a pair of insulated socks are all they need. For others, however, an underlying issue requires the attention of an experienced podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos.

Conditions that contribute to cold feet include:

Raynaud’s Disease: October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month, so let’s talk about it! Raynaud’s causes the blood vessels in the extremities to spasm, causing sensations of cold in the feet and hands. The digits (toes and fingers) often appear blue, red, or even white.

Diabetes: Diabetes can cause the feet to feel cold to the touch and cause nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy. When this occurs, the feet might feel cold year-round.

Cardiovascular illness: When the heart is diseased, it becomes hard to pump enough blood to the extremities. You can reduce your risk of heart disease by eating a healthy diet, exercising daily, and avoiding tobacco products.

Anemia: Sometimes, iron levels in the blood are lower than optimal, and anemia results. Symptoms of anemia can include fatigue, weakness, and cold hands and feet.

Hypothyroidism: The thyroid is a gland in the throat. Part of the endocrine system, the thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolism. When it isn’t functioning correctly, symptoms can be similar to those of anemia.

Your doctor can order a test to examine all of the various components of your blood and determine the cause of your cold feet and then work with you to address it.

Are your feet unusually cold, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? It’s time for a visit with your foot doctor. With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is a medical specialist and is the best-qualified doctor to help resolve your issue.

Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in My Chicago Foot Expert’s modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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